This module aims to:
(1). Provide an understanding of the components of a contemporary lean operations strategy and the benefits and challenges of applying lean principles within business operations.
(2). Develop students’ understanding of the philosophies/principles and application of lean thinking and provide a working knowledge of the supporting tools and techniques used.
(3). Provide a practical opportunity to work as a team addressing lean principles and implementing and evaluating lean tools and techniques through the use of a physical simulation of a multi-product operations environment.
(4). Provide students with opportunities to view current industrial practice.
A Demonstrate an understanding of the philosophy and principles of lean thinking
B Demonstrate a working knowledge of the main tools and techniques used in the application of lean initiatives.
C Understand the application of lean tools and techniques within their appropriate operational contexts.
D Relate theory to industrial practice and recent developments in manufacturing and the service industries.
E Develop problem solving skills by applying lean tools to live case studies.
The module is delivered through a series of two hour lectures and a one hour seminar per week.
A wide range of textbooks are suggested as supplementary reading and video cases are used to support the lecture material.
An on-going, physical 'continuous improvement' operations simulation provides an environment in which students have an opportunity to work together to apply lean tools and techniques in order to transform a (simulated) organisation from its prevailing batch production configuration to one which is lean and aligned to customer demand.
Reference to journal/conference articles provides students with access to current developments and applications as well as background to the key concepts, tools and techniques.